Jan 18, 2013 7:00am PST
would do well to echo lincoln's noble rhetoric and copy his ruthless deeds. liz, good advice? >> well, i actually think there is something what he said. the president is a pragmatist at heart. he wants to make -- be a transformational president. but in order to do that, he is going to have to compromise across the aisle. he's going to have to say to the left, you know, i'm -- i value getting big things done more than, you know, sticking to the hard core liberal principles. and what's fascinating to me, what i'll be watching for, whether or not he feels kind of liberated by the fact he's not on the ballot in four years again. and he does do some things to move towards the center. >> yeah, he strikes me, i guess, liberated is one word, confident is another word. >> sure. yeah. >> and when you look at the polls, look anotht what they sa about obama's qualities in terms of being easy going, likable. 44% positive on achieving his goal, and it goes all the way down to 28% is his lowest on changing washington. alex, your colleague wrote that he's betting that his brand will transcend politics.